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There have been two unnamed red engines featured in The Railway Series. Three more unnamed red engines appeared in the magazine stories.

The First Red Engine

"The driver won't choose you again. He wants big strong engines, like us."
―The Big Engines to Edward, Edward's Day Out, The Three Railway Engines

TheRedEngine1

The First Red Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
  • Configuration: 4-6-0

The First Red Engine lived at Vicarstown Sheds with Edward, Henry, Gordon, 98462 and 87546. It is unknown what happened to the engine afterwards, although he/she could have returned back to the Other Railway.

Persona

It is implied that the engine, along with the four other engines, liked to hurt Edward's feelings due to him being smaller and weaker than them.

Basis

The engine's basis is not known, with no outside cylinders or motion. He/she looks a cross between Gordon and Henry in his old shape with a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement. However by the earlier illustrations made by Middleton, it is arguable that he/she is a LNER B13 with 2 additional trailing wheels or an LNER Raven A2 Pacific.

Livery

The engine is painted in a red coat of paint, with yellow and black lining, and has red wheels and a black dome.

Appearance

Railway Series

Gallery

The Second Red Engine

TheRedEngine2

The Second Red Engine
  • Class: L&YR Class 28
  • Builder: Horwich Works
  • Designer: George Hughes
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm
  • Configuration: 2-6-0, originally 0-6-0
  • Top Speed: 70 mph

This red engine tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success, it is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.

This engine was originally illustrated to be James. However, children wrote to the Reverend asking why James was red before he got repainted in the third book. With all the confusion, Awdry decided that it was not James; instead a different character altogether.

Persona

The engine's personality is somewhat unknown; it is possible he/she is a helpful and obedient sort, having tried to push Henry out of the tunnel, by order of the Fat Director.

Basis

This engine is based on a L&YR Class 28 with an added pony truck, a Belpaire firebox, and a Fowler tender, very much like James. However it might have been the same basis as the first one, since the earlier illustrations showed him/her as a 4-6-2.

Livery

This engine is painted red with yellow and black lining. He/she has red wheels and a red dome.

Appearance

Railway Series

Trivia

  • In the original, Middleton illustrations, the first and second red engines were depicted as the same character, hence them having had the same wheel configuration.
  • The engine's role in The Sad Story of Henry was replaced by Thomas when the story was adapted into the television series. Ironically, James took his/her role in The Adventure Begins.

Gallery

The Red Tank Engines

RedTankEngine2

The Second Tank Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

RedTankEngine1

The First Tank Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

Two Red Tank Engines appeared in a magazine story. They were never named and their origins are not known.

Livery

Both Engines are painted red with yellow lining and black wheels.





The Picture Engine

RedPictureEngine

The Picture Engine
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)

A Red Tender Engine once appeared on a photo in Sir Topham Hatt's office.

Livery

The Picture Engine is painted red, with black lining and a black smokebox.







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